Ode to LA, written during the pandemic

This article was first featured in AAA World Magazine print in September 2020. ODE TO LA By Melissa Curtin Pelicans soar along the water line, and dolphins follow me down the beach. I admire a pack of surfers soaring and swiveling as the waves carry them home, or at least to Malibu Pier. Sixty years ago, fictional surfer girl, Gidget, rode these same waves in … Continue reading Ode to LA, written during the pandemic

Start planning your next Romantic Couples Getaway to Malibu: Check out my FORA Travel Guide

Change the way you travel with FORA! Fora is disrupting the traditional travel agency so you can travel like an insider with killer perks and curated itineraries. Since everyone always reaches out to me for travel tips (from where to stay to where to dine), I decided to use my travel expertise and get certified as a FORA Travel Advisor in September 2022. As a … Continue reading Start planning your next Romantic Couples Getaway to Malibu: Check out my FORA Travel Guide

Check out my FORA Travel Guide: The Best of Palm Springs, California

Since everyone always reaches out to me for travel tips (from where to stay to where to dine), I decided to use my travel expertise and get certified as a FORA Travel Advisor in September 2022. As a new travel advisor with FORA, I have sent clients to Nobu Los Cabos, Viceroy Riveria Maya, Grand Velas Cabo, Hotel Wailea in Maui, and more. FORA has … Continue reading Check out my FORA Travel Guide: The Best of Palm Springs, California

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) showcases a new Pinocchio exhibition

The IAMLA’s original exhibition, A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio, explores the cultural origins, adaptations, and enduring appeal of one of the most popular characters in children’s literature. Written in 1883 by Italian author Carlo Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio is on view from November 5, 2022 – October 16, 2023, and is as relevant today as back in 1883. The story has … Continue reading The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) showcases a new Pinocchio exhibition

Holiday Gift Guide 2022: Get the LaLaScoop

While the best gift you can give is your time and love, we also know you can boost someone’s spirits with a fun present tailored to their personality. We are here to help you discover some new ideas for gift-giving this season. Check out these fabulous products and experiences for just about everyone on your list. Lane Eight’s sneakers in festive colors For the fashionista, … Continue reading Holiday Gift Guide 2022: Get the LaLaScoop

L.A’s powerhouse fashionistas celebrate Andrea’s Lookbook x JOE’s Jeans

An exclusive, fashion-filled sit-down dinner at The Holloway House in West Hollywood on October 12, 2022, celebrated Andrea’s Lookbook and Joe’s Jeans newly dropped collab, a chic sportswear capsule collection perfect to wear now featuring the must-have fall essentials every fashion girl needs. Diana Moya in her own dress line VIAVAI. As an established fashion designer and founder of the luxury knitwear brand VIAVAI, I … Continue reading L.A’s powerhouse fashionistas celebrate Andrea’s Lookbook x JOE’s Jeans

To Be Seen enlightens viewers about chronic illness and the silent sufferers

The light-hearted short film To Be Seen unveiled itself with the content creators on-site at the Melrose Rooftop Theatre at E.P. & L.P. Rooftop Restaurant on July 31, 2022. Sponsored by Buoy Hydration (an easy mineral drop supplement), the film is part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the isolation that 133 million people with chronic illness live – in hopes of better … Continue reading To Be Seen enlightens viewers about chronic illness and the silent sufferers

Find quintessential SoCal in Carlsbad and come for the Flower Fields in spring

This article was first published in LA Travel Magazine print, summer 2022 edition. Carlsbad, California feels like the best of America due to its small-town laid-back feel and proximity to the ocean. Situated 30 mins north of San Diego and a couple hours south of LA, Carlsbad is a charming community with 7 miles of pristine beaches and picturesque hilly inland regions that make an … Continue reading Find quintessential SoCal in Carlsbad and come for the Flower Fields in spring

Swimming with whale sharks off La Paz, Mexico

The article Swim with Whale Sharks, the largest fish in the ocean was first published in February 2020 on World Footprints. To learn more about La Paz, read our other articles: Ten Experiences Not to Miss in La Paz on MoneyInc and Destination Guide: La Paz, Mexico on The Heart of the Hotel. Swimming with whale sharks was something I had never contemplated until visiting La Paz, … Continue reading Swimming with whale sharks off La Paz, Mexico

10 Unique Southern California Road Trip Stops

This article was first published in print in SoCal Life Magazine, June 2022 A southern California road trip is the perfect escape because road trips are often more than the destinations. Hop in the car, hit the open road, and holler the lyrics to California Dreamin’. Satiate your curiosity with a stop at one of these Golden State wonders on your next automotive adventure.  Santa … Continue reading 10 Unique Southern California Road Trip Stops